Garmin Nuvi 57LM GPS Navigator System review

GPS Navigation devices

Garmin Nuvi 57LM GPS Navigator System


GPS accuracy


Battery life






Easy to use



  • GPS accuracy
  • Easy to use
  • Price


  • Battery life less than 2h

Garmin Nuvi 57LM is one of the best sellers navigation system on the market .

It features a 5.0-inch dual-orientation display, it uses a Garmin Real Directions guide for landmarks, buildings and traffic lights and Foursquare that is a kind of POI in Igo Software to find for example restaurants or shops.
Of course it has sound and visual alerts for streets, speed, speed limit and arrival time, school zones, etc .

This is the LM version (lifetime maps), so if you want traffic info you need the LMT (lifetime maps traffic) version that will give you lifetime maps traffic, or simply use Waze or other smartphone app .

So if you drive many miles you should buy a dedicated GPS navigator to avoid smartphone battery drainage or many other reasons .

When we started to test Garmin Nuvi 57LM navigator we where surprised buy the accurate directions and the satellite acquisition that is very fast, sometimes a few seconds !

In the box the navigator comes with a power cord for automobile socket, a cord for computer and a window suction cup and the instructions for map downloads.

The route calculations and recalculations when you are out of the route is very fast and the processor it seems to do a great job .

To update the software and maps it took around 15-20 minutes .

You can create waypoints, sometimes you cannot find locations, but keeping you device updated can solve this problem, but not every time .

The screen is good, no glare, it has microSD and mini USB slots, the battery is ok, depending of how much and how is used will drain or last faster (less than 2h) . A battery replacement kit is around $30 so if you need replacement you can buy it from HERE.

It is compatible with BC 30 Wireless Backup Camera, sold separately, if you want to worry about reversing, sold HERE

So an easy navigator, with lifetime updating maps, less than $100 is a bargain ! It does not so advanced features like more expensive Sat Navs, but for daily usage is great !
A no name unlocked GPS system without a software and maps with Windows CE is at least $50 so if you don’t want headaches buy it !!!


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